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A Pro-Japan Angle on China Turmoil

How to understand the recent spate of impassioned protests in China, officially against the Japanese ownership of some small islands, but clearly signifying more than just that? It is turmoil at least as significant as what’s occurring in the Muslim world, as it has political machinations . . . . Continue Reading »

More on East Asian Islet Jitters

Well I couldn’t resist (ineptly) posting that photo of the reef-rock that China and the Philippines both claim, but doing so perhaps made the topic seem more humorous than it really is. Bottom line 1: you gotta watch China on every geo-strategic front, and the “spontaneous” . . . . Continue Reading »

Federalist #6 in East Asian Waters

The causes of hostility among nations are innumerable. Alexander Hamilton, Federalist #6 Words to ponder as Chinese protesters , and then Japanese protestors occupy the various rocks that make up the Senkaku Islands. The second of those links is to a Telegraph story that shows why this latest . . . . Continue Reading »

China Pessimism

A Sinophile Brit who made a serious go of integrating himself into Chinese society, it seems mainly for his wife’s and childrens’ sake, decides its past time to get out . Predicts a property bubble burst among other coming calamities. Worth reading in full, in part to be reminded of . . . . Continue Reading »

The Inscrutable Sinologists

China Misperceived: American Illusions and Chinese Reality by steven w. mosher basic books, 260 pages, $19.95 Driven by the Tiananmen massacre of June 4, 1989, foreign perceptions of China are now being reexamined in a manner reminiscent of earlier foreign perceptions of the Soviet Union. In the . . . . Continue Reading »

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